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Champions League Betting Odds: Arsenal Faces Off MonacoPublished February 25, 2015 by Amir G
Monaco arrives at the Emirates Stadium for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against home team Arsenal (19:45 UK time).
The first leg of the round of 16 games in the Champions League continues today with a promising head-on clash between Arsenal and Monaco at London's Emirates Stadium (19:45 UK time). The last time these two teams met was in last August's Emirates Cup at the same venue, in a game that ended 1-0 in favor of the guests.
Arsenal Line-up Lacking
To reach today's round of 16, Arsenal finished second to Borussia Dortmund in Group D with 13 points with a 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger meets his former club Monaco today, and he might be in a bit of a pickle. Five players are injured including Abou Diaby, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey whose absence will weigh on the Gunners' offense.
More will be on the shoulders and legs of Mesut Ozil who'll have to lead the midfield against Monaco's strong defense. In goalscorers, look for Alexis Sanchez and Oliver Giroud which were prolific so far this season in terms of hitting the back of the net.
Berbatov to Lead Monaco
Monaco finished first in Group C to qualify for today, with 11 points composed of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. The team has a good history with English teams at knockout rounds, having shown the door to teams like Chelsea and Manchester United in the Champions League history.
The French team will rely on 34-year old striker Dimitar Berbatov who is a learned veteran of Premier League teams, having played for Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham. Berbatov is in good shape, making him a good candidate for goalscorer bets tonight.
Bookie Winner Sports is offering pre-match and live betting markets on the match. In full time result Arsenal was 1/2 to win, Monaco at 13/2 and a draw at 3/1. Log-in Winner today before or during the match for a full range of over 100 betting markets.